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again. >> schieffer: we'll talk about all of it with senator john mccain, a senior republican on the armed services committee stanley mcchrystal, the former commander of our troops in afghanistan. wells virginia's democratic senator joe manchin and loss an list mayoran -- los angeles marion antonio villaraigosa and amy walter and our own john dickerson. this is face the nation. captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news in washington, "face the nation" with bob schieffer. >> schieffer: and good morning even again and we're going to begin with the senior republican, senator john mccain. senator thanks for being with us this morning. well the president made it pretty clear on friday, we're leaving afghanistan and perhaps sooner than some expected, and every report you hear from behind the scenes is we're going to keep very very few people there. what do you make of this, what's your take on all this? >> it's a one of a series of decisions the president has made basically irrelevanting his military advisors so whether it be in iraq which is now unraveling very significantly or wh
. here's a guy four years ago john mccain was saying chuck hagel would make a great secretary of state. bill crystal was saying eight years ago chuck hagel should be vice president of the united states. if ronald reagan or george bush or mitt romney nominated chuck hagel, they would be saying he's a republican! he's a conservative. he's a war hero! he's one of ours but barack obama nominates him and right away, they're trying to bring him down. >> i found it amazing that, of all the people to come out and say they had reservations and concerns about chuck hagel, john mccain was leading that argument. i can almost understand some of the guys who have just -- are not -- haven't been in the congress or haven't been in the senate that long but john mccain's been here long enough. he knows better. >> bill: if anybody is a blood brother to chuck hagel, it's john mccain. but there's a total smear campaign. two issues. let's deal with them quickly. one, they say he's anti-israel. baloney! you look at his votes. that's what counts. he voted for billions of billions of dollars of military aid to
't like the guy. i didn't. a lot of people didn't like the guy. i understand why john mccain wouldn't like a republican senator that endorsed a democrat. i understand. he doesn't play well with others in the sandbox. he certainly didn't when he was in the senate. i got to know him, though, through the years, and we got to know him. we like him. we respect him. he said some things about israel that caused me concerns. >> yeah. >> but he's going to be the president's secretary of defense. and i just wonder, what's better for democrats politically? if barack obama gets his republican secretary of defense or if republicans who, after deep sixing an african-american woman for secretary of state, now turn and savage one of their own? what's better for barack obama? because i personally think that republicans killing hagel's nomination is the best political thing that could ever happen to democrats. because it makes republicans just look obstructionist. >> well, i'll dial that back a couple points on the meter. the president losing a nomination fight would be bad for him and there would be costs
with republicans. >> who does john mccain like today besides lindsey? anybody else? >> i don't think so. >> he doesn't like chuck hagel. >> let me disagree with something. this is not a change in policy. the president came in saying he would end the iraq war and the afghan war. he would get rid of the iraq war and take the afghanistan war and slow it down, basically downsize it. that's what he's been doing for the last four years despite the neocons screaming about it all the way. chuck hagel is a continuation on that. when he had to, he stared down petraeus. [ overlapping speakers ] >> you guys have john boldin after saying this is clinton with somehow faking her concussion. >> i didn't say that. the president can have who he wants. i like chuck hagel. if he gets it, i'm fine with it. >> suppose your guy won the race the guy you thought would win. and he put boldin in, the strange mustache guy. would they have put him in there? >> i don't think romney would have put bolton in. >> let's talk about the fiscal cliff. that's behind us. that turkey's behind us. >> we got others. >> we have lived t
will not be at the hearing. >> john mccain is speaking out about google chairman eric schmidt's trip to north korea. schmidt is there along with brichl arvedson. mccain borrowing a term from the former communist leader vladimir linen. he arrived in north korea today. lennon used to call them useful idiots. state department says it is wrong to visit weeks after the controversial rocket launch. >>> he scored a $1 million lottery win back in june. the aafter he got the winning the check was issued then he mysteriously died. at first his dearth was believe to be from natural causes but now the medical examiner says he was poisoned with cyanide. his body will likely be exhumed. >> they thought they were going to see whales but they saw much more than that. >> holy cow. >> that is about a thousand of the dolphins. that's a lot giving passengers on board a whale watching safari in california quite a show. dolphin stampede are said to be very rare and often happen without a warning. so neat. it doesn't even look real. >> beautiful. >> that's your 5@5:30. >> switch gears now. multiple battles are brewing for preside
is forgetting about that. i happen to be a gay american. he always picks a radical people. john mccain is a war hero. everybody can say whatever they want about chuck hagel but he's awful for the job and i hope he does not get confirmed. c-span is to answer republicans when they call. host: we are trying to take a number of calls. we have all three lines open. you can see the numbers on your screen. we will try again to get alton on the independent line. let's go on and to carl in chicago, a democrat line. caller: i have done research on both of the gentlemen. hagel been a republican, i think the president is doing what he is doing, reaching across both sides of the aisle. it seems the opposition to chuck hagel it is the same group of naysayers like senator gramm and the rest of them that are immediately passing them before they have a chance. john brennan would make an excellent cia director. he has the credentials. he has the strength. even though chuck hagel's role is going to be a bumpy one, i believe it will be confirmed with this 113 congress. the president is appointing a republican to t
is going to have an easier fight. but there are questions about it. i mean, john mccain who was tortured himself when he was a p.o.w., has raised real questions about brennan's role in the bush administration supporting enhanced interrogation. today, he put out a statement saying he wanted to know, quote, what role he played in the so-called enhanced interrogation progras while serving at the cia during the last administration. i would also point out, wolf, that john mccain is on the same side as the liberal civil rights group the aclu in this. they are raising the same kinds of questions. even though in the past, brennan has said that he opposes these enhanced interrogation techniques. >> we'll watch these confirmation hearings every step of the way. >> should be interesting, both of them. >> low flying helicopters have people in some of the country's biggest cities asking questions. the answers have to do with preparations for a possible terrorist attack. using radioactive dirty bombs. >>> plus, before we get to that, we have some new details emerging about the colorado theater shootin
and john mccain may be one of them. >> really? >> joe made that point yesterday. there's some people in washington who personally don't like chuck hagel. they may actually like him personally but he rubbed some people the wrong way in the course of doing politics in d.c. what do you think is going on here with someone like senator mccain says one thing six years ago and another thing today. people like lindsey graham bring up the word "israel" an awful lot. what's at the core of the opposition? >> i think some of those substantive issues do concern him? . john and joe are right. chuck hagel has distanced himself from the republican party in a real and significant way. he essentially voiced support in 2008 for then senator obama's campaign for the presidency. traveled with him offer seas and really worked to squash concerns raised by mccain at the time and some of the fringe of the republican party barack obama was unfit, unqualified and maybe not even an american. this confirmation hearing will be important. it's obvious even some democrats want to hear answers from senator hagel on
's credibility. does anyone else remember others? there was this notion -- they released this story -- that john mccain was having a relationship with a woman. they had heard in a very sexually provocative dress on the on-line edition, and a dress her up for the next one. this woman was a kind of lobbyist, but there was nothing in there that never proved that mccain was compromised. if mccain had a relationship with this woman, it was between him and his wife, and there was nothing -- he had not touched on anything that was politically important. they sort of backed away from that. it just lowered the temperature, again, of what we might call their bodily communication wait -- weight. there are other cases, the duke across scandal was another embarrassment. -- lacrosse scandal was another embarrassment. they did not cover themselves in glory, but the woman who claimed to be rich was not raped. it goes on like this. they also had a story about why caroline kennedy did not get the nomination, and that is when they also mentioned that she did not pay her taxes or something, but nobody put any recor
john mccain well, and i know that you know about his tweet that he sent out, you know, either just before or during your mission. he said, richardson and schmidt arrive in north korea today. lenin used to call them useful idiots. i want to characterize that for a moment. lenin actually didn't. it's been mischaracterized. lenin is often quoted as having said that, but the library of congress can't find anywhere where lenin has a record of having said that, so it might be a mistake on his part but you know darn well what he meant and that is he felt you were being used as a tool for north korean propaganda. is he wrong? >> he is wrong. and that surprises me about john mccain. i've known him 82 -- since 1982, we were both elected to the congress together, and it's surprising me that he makes a comment like that that is personal. look, we weren't used. we sent valuable messages. are we used by being photographed by north korean students by advancing the internet by saying your nuclear development, your missile tests are not playing well, that you need to engage, that you need to be les
will not support an outright ban on assault weapons. on cbs' "face the nation," senator john mccain said he would not support such legislation. >>> residents of newtown, connecticut are debating the future of sandy hook elementary school. reopen it or tear it down? the site of last month's mass shooting killed 20 children and six adults. it's still a crime scene. sandy hook students and teachers are holding classes at school in a neighboring town. yesterday newtown residents packed the high school auditorium to discuss what to do with the school now. >> i don't think it should [ indiscernible ] [ inaudible ] >> residents discussed the possibility of tearing the school down or demolishing only the portion where people died. some say it should stay standing and reopen. school officials plan to meet privately with victims' families for their input. >>> after the mass murder at sandy hook public schools in san francisco are readying safety drills for students and teachers. district officials are working with police to carry out an active shooter drill for th
" yesterday and the white house see some opposition of graham an potentially john mccain as being sort of a grudge for chuck hagel's turning against the iraq war in the second term of the bush administration. hagel supported the war and then soured on it as the years went on as a lot of americans did and i just want to share with you, carol, comments i got from this administration official talking about graham. it's one thing to posture on a talk show. it's another thing to look a two-term senator in the eye and say i'm voting against you because you turned against the war in iraq. this official also described the nomination of hagel as a vote where a president gets his guy so they don't see this nomination as being so controversial, so white hot and provocative that the president doesn't get a -- get his person confirmed by the senate. obviously, there have been nominees to secretary of defense in the past who did become major problems like john tower with personal issues that derailed his nomination as secretary of defense in the reagan administration. but one other thing i wanted to
hagel or john mccain. i doubt they're going to be for chuck hagel, but they don't have to be -- they just have to not filibuster chuck hagel, which i don't think they would do barring something new here. i think if we can do a respectable job with defending some of his more controversial past statements in these hearings they will ultimately not deny his second pick. sfoo gun control and the whole gun issue, it's the second anniversary of tucson. we have the hearing, preliminary hearing for james holmes out in aurora, colorado, and awful testimony coming out of that all week. if you are reporting this as well, that the nra has been invited to meet with the biden task force, so that joe biden and his group reaching out to try to at least touch base with, of course, the most vigorous and best organized opponents of any kind of gun lobby. >> it would be shock if anything they didn't. they're not going to have a chance if there isn't an effort to reach out the nra and see if there is any possibility of common ground, and if there's not, there's not. i'm struck by what could
crisis, you know, when the bank meltdown was upon us, and john mccain was deciding to suspend the campaign, the decision came as a result of a meeting he had with the economic advisory team. a lot of these were big donors. mitt romney was among them, and all of those guys said take it, take whatever they offer. take it. this looks bad. the next day, in fact, romney went on the "today" show supporting t.a.r.p.. that's one thing governor rosmny modified many positions, but has not, however, the support of t.a.r.p.. if there's a president romney, and if there continue to be difficulties with the banks, then under those sishes, yes, there could be a recipe for more regulation. >> sure? >> what impact, if any, do you think the changes in california, in their method for electing congressional representatives will have, and what are the -- >> referring to the redistricting? >> yes and democrat versus democrat, republican versus republican in their, you know, their system of electing -- >> yeah. if i'm understanding you right, i think you're referring to now there was a kind of bipart
politics who have had ryan and meter. my people are people like ross perot, john mccain. they tend to lose. last back i was very pleased to see bob dole back on the senate floor last week. he was one of my favorites. not simply because he's from my part of the world, but dole arrives at the lot of things. old king cole, saut√Čed desk girl the people who actually won the presidency tend to have that names for rhyming. bush sounds easy because it makes one syllable name, rhymes with such, but that's just respect for what i never did that. when george h.w. bush left office, i wanted to write him a poem unfortunately hunted lot of no names. so the poem was a do to you george herbert walker, though never treasured as a talker, your predicates are often prone to wander now must off a loan. [laughter] you did your best and your own way, the way of greenwich country day. to just relax and take your ease and never order chat me. [laughter] clinton is a very bad name. i have often said that clinton is the orange of american presidents. in bill clinton's second term, during the unpleasantness, rememb
the case. however, that has been opposed by the group of carl levin and john mccain. >> there are a lot of competing interests here, and some folks for the compromise where instead just some nominees could be blocked, but each senator could have unlimited abilities to filibuster a nominee. again, with the republicans in the minority, they don't want to see any erosion of their kind of de facto control of the chamber. >> jennifer: do you think new senators--we've got a closer margin than last time. we have 55 democratic senators. they need 60 to overcome the senator. elizabeth war len, did she sign on with the filibuster reform. >> we have a new class of senators and she has experience with the filibuster. some of the reforms she was involved in crafts were blocked. foreclosure mitigation was filibustered, credit card reforms were filibustered, so she has an unique perspective. >> jennifer: she's able to help get that through. how is the use the right wing use of the filibuster around gun safety. >> obama is entering his fifth year in the office. he has not been able to nominate--confirm
. that was then. now he says, he'll be given a fair hearing, and you have john mccain saying, to allege that hagel is somehow a republican, that's a hard one to swallow. >> i think -- >> what's at work here? >> i think senator hagel was more of a libertarian, if you look at some of his votes. he came from a libertarian side. sometimes that upsets more of the mainstream republicans. i consider myself to have a libertarian streak as well, but i think what mary said is right. he's going to have to answer to some of these issues. they're going to come from both the left and the right. look, this is a process that is important. he will have his day in the hearings. there will be a vote. my guess is at the end of the day that president obama will get his nominee. >> i was going to ask if you think the issues are big. ouch. i hit my hand. let's put iran on the side for a moment. you have the other two trofrg ones you said back 14 years ago, 15 years ago, he called a diplomat aggressively gay. he has apologized recently for that. and then he talked about the jewish lobby, not the israel lobby, and there a
senator john mccain and some in the oscar academy are taking issue with the film's depiction of torture in the hunt for osama bin laden. >> in op-ed, david clenen urged people not to vote for the film. he writes this, i cannot vote for a film that makes heroes of americans who commit the crime of torture. the sony co-chairman says "zero dark thirty" does not advocate torture. to not include that part of history would have been irresponsible and inaccurate. >> and on the subject of film, one of hollywood's most iconic movie theaters getting a new name. grauman's chinese theater will now be called tcl theater. money is expected to go towards needed renovations, cultural landmark first opened in the summer of 1927. >>> the oscars are a little more than a month away, but we've got another big show coming up this weekend. the golden globes, hollywood's second biggest night of the year. earlier i spoke with nichelle turner about the show and who's up for awards. >> coming off this week announcement of the oscar nominations, everyone will be looking at how "lincoln" is going to fair. the steve
feinstein of california and backed by john mccain of arizona wants to know if there was inappropriate access to classified information. the committee also wants to know if cia personnel are responsible for the film's portrayal of torture. it's not every day a film sparks a senate investigation. joining me tonight to talk about it all is david edelstein, chief film critic for the "new york" magazine. great to have you with us. >> thank you so much, ed. >> i want to talk about lincoln first because i went to it twice. because i love history. but i knew i had missed a lot. every word, every sentence is so meaningful. i was so impacted by the second time i saw it. does controversy affect whether films are recognized politically -- political controversy, social change -- >> absolutely. it's more satisfying to talk about the oscars in terms of their politics and the politics of the voters than it is to talk about them artistically because often it's not a measure of artistry. sometimes it is. it's a measure of what will represent the academy best, noblest, if you will. and lincoln really hit the s
to the climate challenge for many years was senator john mccain. the nominee of the republican party was the premiere architect of responding to climate change. how far things have changed in the past four years where we ended up in the primaries of -- the republican primaries of 2012 and we found that all of them, with the one exception of jon huntsman, were calling into question the basic reality of the problem itself. were basically saying in some cases saying that it was a hoax, okay. this is a remarkable turn for the party itself. and you know -- and what we're seeing of course right now is that in the aftermath of the loss of 2012 -- republicans are beginning to look inward and they're trying to say, "where have we gone wrong? where are our new opportunities to engage the public?" immigration is one of those issues that they're beginning to say, "maybe it's time to change our position." climate change could be another of those. because it's one of the ways that they can appeal back to the middle. our own work, we found that independents are much more like democrats on their bel
the nation" bob schieffer will ask john mccain and joe manchin and stanley mccrystal about the president's nominations and the afghan troop drawdown and talk with mayor antonio villaraigoso sunday on "failings the nation" on cbs. >>> chilling new details in britain in the child sex scandal connected to a famous television host. police report claims jimmy savile who died in 2011 committed more than 200 sex crimes over six decades. the youngest victim was just 8 years old. the assault took place in television studios, school hospitals and even a hospice. second report blames police for not doing more to stop sevile. >>> the government is targeting an active ingredient in ambien saying we're taking too much of it. zolpidem, the popular sleep aid, the fda cut the recommended dose in half and says doctors should do the same thing for men. welcome, doctor. >> thank you for having me. >> what is the issue here? >> we've known for a long time this is a help. the government is just concerned with new studies with driving simulators that these drugs are staying in our system muc
.s. and nato troops should remain in afghanistan. a lot of defense hawks like lindsey gramm and john mccain are saying if we leave too few troops or no troops it would just let the caliban back in and take control in the race all of the gains the u.s. made over the past decade. -- erase all of the gains the u.s. made it. that is where the debate will be. how many troops stay. host: he spoke about some of the meetings he had. is there anything congress is looking at to try to move the process forward? caller: i know senator mitch mcconnell met with president karzai and then he took a delegation to afghanistan. the chairman of the armed services committee was also in the afghanistan with senator jack reed. i think congress will be weighing in on the debate. in addition to 2014, the more immediate concern is the way that the u.s. gets to 2014. we have 56,000 troops in afghanistan at now. the president has not said how he is going to wind up at whatever no. he is at in 2014, whether a gradual drop down or a like sum in the military has suggested, keeping a significant force there for the fighti
is not the right word. we have familiar faces who are going to be involved in the immigration debate. senator john mccain from arizona, he disappeared from the issue a little bit so he could run for president. he's back. he's part of some of the negotiations that they're having. we also have senator jeff blake, the new senator from arizona, who has been involved on the issue for a long time. he actually sponsored a bill with a noted liberal, an immigration advocate, louis gutierrez, back when he was in the house. then we have new people. marco rubio, senator from florida, obviously a presidential hopeful, has been involved in the issue. a lot behalf he has to say is about the tone that republicans take. i don't think he's going to be involved in the nuts and bolts, because it's partly because of his presidential ambitions. but he's tried to come up with a middle-ground way, maybe not amnesty, but some sort of legalization, not citizenship. it's not clear how it would work. he speaks very eloquently about this. we'll have to see how that plays out. then there are new people. there's the senator fro
a unicorn. >> exactly. it's kind of like how i felt about john mccain back in 2000. >> stephanie: that's right. here she is jacki schechner. >> good morning, everybody. president obama has chosen a evangelical paster to speak after his nomination this month. she is an author on several books on civil rights. and then a reverend who heads up the passion church in atlanta, will give the benediction at the inauguration. the statements from the president this morning praising those twos for reflecting the ideals he says he and vice president biden continue to pursue on behalf of all americans. he'll take the oath of office on sunday the 20th and then have a public swearing in ceremony again on january 21st. gay service men and women forced to leave the military before the repeal of don't ask don't tell in 2011 are now going to get the full separation pay that they are due. thanks to the aclu who filed a class action lawsuit against a defense department policy that paid gay service members honorably discharged only half of the pay they were due. it will amount to a total
critical the way he is now, he runs the risk of becoming the next john mccain, the kind of guy that can win a general election but can't win a primary. he has to be real careful the next couple of years >>> everybody says that the republican party has to do soul searching and change. might chris christie force that change? >> those numbers that you are citing there are probably fleeting. new jersey has been through a rally around the flag moment. they look a lot like george bush's numbers in the three months after 9/11. i don't think he will be at 60 plus percent three months from now. that seems unsustainable as they remember the conflicts that you mentioned he has been having with them. the goal here should not be for chris christie to be a critic of the republican party. he needs to be a reformer of the republican party from the inside. he had a specific quarrel with speaker boehner. that means he is going to need not to continue that but to cause the party to follow him. >> okay. so here is a scenario. jason, i will post this to you. what if chris christie said, hey, i really want to be
senators john mccain and joe manchin and stanley mcchrystal about the nominations and the troop drawdown and he i'm talk with mayor antonio villaraigosa about it. >>> chilling details are coming out in brittain in the child sex scandal connected to a famous television host. a police report shows that this man who died in 2007 committed more than 200 sex crimes in over six decades. the youngest victim was just eight years old. it took place in television studios, hospitals and even hospice. fwlam police for not doing more to stop him. >>> we're learning of two new incidents involving the 787 dreamliner, and this morning the government is now taking action. a crack was found in a cockpit windshield of a jet in japan. and oil was found leaking from the engine of another 787 after it landed. meanwhile the faa ordered a comprehensive review of the dreamliner. they've had a series of problems this week including a fuel spill and a cabin fire blamed on a battery malfunction. >>> they say we're taking too much of ambien. new guidelines include zoe pie dem. they say doctors should consider doing
lost by a wide margin in 1996, john kerry, john mccain, none of them was in negative territory. all of them had more people viewing them favorably than unfavorably. this was really something we hadn't seen before in election polling. now, part of that reflects the greater polarization of american politics right now. it used to be the case that a lot of voters of the other side even though they were committed to voting democratic still would like the other guy. i mean, even in 2008, you know, a lot of democrats liked john mccain. they thought he was an okay guy, they just weren't going to vote for him. and now i think we're in a period of kind of greater partisanship in some respects so that his ratings were much lower among obama supporters and democrats in general than is typical for that kind of cross-party opposition. but the bigger issue was among independent voters, among the sort of middle of the electorate. he was just an unappealing candidate, and it wasn't just that they weren't excited about him, they actively didn't like him. to say that you feel unfavorably about somebod
was swift from members of hagel's own party. senator john mccain warned "i have serious concerns about positions senator hagel has taken on a range of critical national security issues." top senate republican leader john cornyn went further "i will not support chuck hagel's nomination" much of the criticism on his opinion on iran in favor of talks. dan coats. >> when it comes to national security you need a top rated person, i don't think chuck hagel fits that bill. >> reporter: coats tells cbs news he has not decided if he'll support hagel. democrats also have tough questions about what critics call anti-gay comments that hagel made more than a decade ago. hagel has since apologized. >> to see if his apology is sincere, and sufficient i want to hear how he's evolved on this issue in the last 14 years. >> reporter: hagel came to his own defense monday saying in an interview that critics have completely distorted his record adding "all i ask is a fair hearing, a full open transparent hearing about my qualifications and record." hagel also faces criticism he's not
was there with you i saw the same thing. you've been severely criticized by john mccain. he was here in "the situation room" this week and i interviewed him after that tweet calling you and eric schmidt useful idiots, a term that they used to call americans who represented the communism during the stall lynn regime. >> do you think that the north koreans are going to take governor richardson and mr. schmidt to see one of those? i don't think so. and so what this does, it provides a propaganda kind of success for this four-star general saving americans coming to see us. finally, how many trips has bill richardson taken to north korea and what have been the results of it? >> he's pretty tough. he hated the fact you went there, that the north koreans could use you for propaganda purposes. >> let me tell you what i think i've been able to bring back. i've been able to bring back american soldiers, american hostages, the remains of seven of our warriors from the korean war. i don't know if senator mccain knows about that. i'm surprised at the personal nature of his comments. we weren't used for p
to terrorism cases. john mccain said of nomination, quote, i have many questions and concerns about the nomination especially what role he played in the so-called enhanced interrogation programs. i plan to examine this aspect of mr. brennan's record very closely. while denouncing waterboarding as un-american in a 2007 interview, brennan told cbs news the program was valuable. quote, there has been a lot of information that has come out of these interrogation procedures that the agency has in fact used against real hardcore terrorists t has saved lives. aside from what critics describe as significant inconsistencies in his public states they also question whether brennan can recast himself as neutral after four years inside the white house. jenna. jenna: that's interesting. any reaction now from the white house? are they telegraphing how they might defend brennan against some of these criticisms?. >> reporter: well, this week the white house emphasizing that brennan in a letter for years ago denounced the cia program. since he earned trust from the president as his counterterrorism a
, minister of national defense for colombia, welcome. senator john mccain of arizona, someone who i personally have had the honor to interview back in washington since he was a congressman from the early '80s. welcome, senator. and our wonderful host, pete mackay. and finally, josef joffe. senator, i would like to start with you. the first panel yesterday was looking at this question of a new normal, and the united states' current light footprint strategy. i could literally feel you chomping at the bit as one of the panelists discussed what he saw as the u.s. role in the world being in such a state of flux now. but we are less willing than ever before to step up to try to solve the chaos in the world, especially when there's no pressing national interest. >> first of all, i think we have to as politicians understand what our constituents, what our citizens, what their priorities are and what their concerns are. our former chairman of the joint chiefs of staff made a comment that's been b often quoted, he said our greatest national security threat is our economy. and i think that tha
as john mccain, no one would even be talking about the comments. i think it's a side show. one of the most important jewish leaders used the same phrase, jewish lobby, just last december. i think it would be more accurate to call it the right wing pro-israel lobby. but many of the pro israel lobby are jewish, as is myself. one of the groups is the american jewish committee to suggest this is in any way anti semitic, when many jews, including a rabbi from omaha, has testified to his good relationship with jews. >> peter br er biner, thank you joining us. thanks very much. >> 17 minutes past the hour. >>> time for a quick check of the top stories. bcs championship. it wasn't a game. it was a shame for notre dame and its legion of fans. alabama crimson tide rolled over the irish, 42-14 to win the national championship. alabama's third bcs title in the last four years, looking every bit like a college football dynasty now. >>> george h.w. bush continues his recovery at a houston hospital. according to a statement released by his office, the 88-year-old former president has been busy watching f
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